"the GeForce 7900 trumped the Radeon X1800/1900. "
If we are going to include the X1800 in that statement then lets make it slightly more clear that the competitor to it was the 7800 series of cards not 7900. Though you may want to rethink that statement as a whole because it was pretty widely stated that the X1900's (atleast in the high end) were better than the 7900's if only by a small margin. Neither card was trumped, but I am unsure where you got that the 7900 did this to the X1900 considering the X1900 was in fact the better card overall.
If nvidia can lower the price of its gtx 200 series enough to be competitive or even create a dual gtx 260 or 280 on one card like the 9800 gx2 then nvidia would once again rise to dominate the market. However since I don't see the second option happening anytime soon I guess I'll just have to wait and hope the gtx 260 lowers enough so I can get two (I would get 4870x2 but I have an sli mobo and don't feel like changing).
I'm typically an Nvidia buyer and have been waiting to upgrade from my tired 7800GTX...it looks like ATI/AMD will be getting my money for a 4870x2 this time, as long as the numbers are as expected. I'm glad to see this happen, good competition is great for everyone. Nvidia needed a good kick in the arse and the 4800 series seems to have done so thus far.
No DX10.1 support in nVidia's latest. My two 4870's do actually out perform the GTX 280 even in "Crysis" -- an nVidia paired game designed to work best on nVidia GPUs.
Anyway, good to see ATI coming back, and the results, lower prices for everyone. Prices were starting to get OUT OF HAND where SLI 8800GTX Ultra's would set you back $1300 or more. My two 4870's at $600 seems like a positive bargain.
Still wondering why nVidia left the door so wide open? Like other's have said, the 4870X2 single card solution that is NOT Crossfire (read fully scalable) is another serious shake up at nVidia even if they release a GTX 300 soon.
Anyway, good for consumers and I hope it lights a fire under nVidia -- they played out the 8800 for a long run.
I always purchased Nvidia cards because they just seemed to work better with most of the games that I played and then along comes the 4850 and wow! It is a nice card. ATI/AMD back in the game. Kinda reminds me when ATI launched the 9700 Pro.
Really need to blame nvidia for charging our customer too much, 8800 should drop to this price now, and its been 9 months after the release.
Thanks ATi for the competition, we dont want monopoly in either CPU or VGA sections
"Taking a quick look back down the memory lane, ATI hasn’t had an easy ride over the past four years. In 2004, the GeForce 6800 outperformed the Radeon X800 and brought support for DirectX 9.0c. In 2005, the GeForce 7800 slaughtered the Radeon X850 while the GeForce 7900 trumped the Radeon X1800/1900."
You're an nVidiot who needs to get his facts right. Seriously, how did this mammoth dump of BS get published?
This article is full of errors. First the x800 cards were about equal to the 6800 with the exception of opengl games like Doom 3. Also ATI cards usually trounced Nvidia's cards when it came to Half-life 2. It was the same with the x850 vs the 6800 ultra. The x1800 were also comparable to the 7800 and the x1950 trounced the 7900. ATI's first misstep came after the acquisition by AMD with the 2900 series. The 3800 series were decent but were considerably cheaper than the 8800 series.